Franco Girolami goes fastest in second practice at Zandvoort

Franco Girolami ended the day with the fastest time in the second TCR Europe practice session at a wet Zandvoort, ahead of first practice pace-setter Tom Coronel.

Girolami had been near the sharp end in first practice, when he was third fastest, and the PSS Racing driver found an additional four tenths of a second later in the afternoon to go quickest with a lap of 1 minute 45.325 seconds.

The session only saw competitive times in the first 12 minutes, after which rain intensified at the coastal circuit and lap times dropped by almost ten seconds.

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Comtoyou Racing’s Coronel continued his strong performance on home soil with the second best time and the leading Audi, having briefly been fastest, ahead of a strong lap by Brutal Fish Racing’s Jack Young in third, the Northern Irishman finding seven tenths of a second from the earlier session, in a session which began in the wet.

Dušan Borković, second in FP1, was fourth fastest in his Audi, just over half a second slower than Girolami, ahead of Mat’o Homola in fifth, the Hyundai driver finding time from earlier in the day.

Niels Langeveld put his new model Hyundai Elantra N in sixth as the best of the Sébastien Loeb Racing drivers once again, the Dutchman using his local knowledge to gain the edge on his three team-mates.

Klim Gavrilov improved on his FP1 effort to go seventh quickest in his Audi on his first visit to the Dutch circuit, ahead of Comtoyou Racing’s Nicolas Baert in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Spaniard Isidro Callejas and Macedonian Viktor Davidovski, although they, along with Baert, were over a second off the pace.

Again the Peugeot drivers appeared to struggle, with Teddy Clairet the best of the 308 drivers down in 15th, almost two seconds off the pace.

Also apparently struggling were the rest of the Hyundai Elantra drivers – with reigning champion Mehdi Bennani down in 13th, immediately behind team-mate Sami Taoufik. Italian Felice Jelmini was even further off the pace in 20th, over three seconds adrift.

The session ultimately ended with a red flag three minutes from the end due to the increasingly wet conditions.

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 CEST (10:00 BST) on Saturday.

Session results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:45.325
2 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:45.500 0.175
3 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 9 1:45.520 0.195
4 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:45.897 0.572
5 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:46.152 0.827
6 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:46.192 0.867
7 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC-Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:46.232 0.907
8 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:46.457 1.132
9 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:46.488 1.163
10 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:46.598 1.273
11 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:46.680 1.355
12 25 Sami TAOUFIK Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 11 1:46.746 1.421
13 250 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 1:46.872 1.547
14 16 Evgenii LEONOV Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 10 1:47.126 1.801
15 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 9 1:47.178 1.853
16 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:47.291 1.966
17 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 7 1:47.830 2.505
18 11 Gustav BIRCH Brian Madsen Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 9 1:47.898 2.573
19 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 10 1:48.094 2.769
20 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 1:48.737 3.412
21 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:49.677 4.352
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